Location: Tumaini, Kenya
Tumaini Academy is a private school of sixty students near the Kenyan town of Narok. This semi-arid region has a majority Masaai population who relies on the grazing of livestock for their livelihood. Not only is the community vulnerable to climate change, but it is also off-the-grid. Neither the school nor the homes have electricity, and the only sources of light are fires or kerosene. Smoke from these sources is toxic, giving the children eye and lung problems.
In May 2012, GIVEWATTS delivered sixty solar lanterns to the school to be used by children and their families. With light to study after dark, childrens’ grades have gone up, propelling Tumaini Academy’s ranking to first place in a division of sixty-five schools. Furthermore, the school has engaged the families on payment schedules for all sixty lamps through the GIVEWATTS model, which will allow them to upgrade the school facilities. They have even purchased land to house a new school building.
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Environmental Impact: Avoided use of fossil fuels, including avoided emission of GHGs and harmful substances
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